Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners Through Active and Experiential Learning Strategies is a practical guide for all instructors and instructional designers working in online or blended learning environments who want to provide a supportive, engaging, and interactive learner experience. This book explores the integration of active and experiential learning approaches and activities including gamification, social media integration, and project- and scenario-based learning, as they relate to the development of authentic skill-building, communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills in learners. Readers will find guidelines for the development of participatory peer-learning, cooperative education, and service learning opportunities in the online classroom. In addition, the authors provide effective learning strategies, resources, and tools that align learner engagement with course outcomes.
"Stephanie Smith Budhai and Ke'Anna Brown Skipwith have written a practical guide to support educators hoping to use and develop more engaging, connected, and reflective online learning experiences. In exploring the integration of active and experiential learning approaches, including gamification, game-based learning, and social media integration, this book can be used by a broad audience interested in participatory peer learning, cooperative education, and service learning opportunities in online classrooms. The use of known theories of learning to guide examples of different pedagogical approaches, such as scenario-based learning, game-based learning, and project-based learning, offers a useful, insightful toolkit for educators, designers, and academic readers seeking to apply theory to real-world practice applications."
--Dr. Aroutis Foster, Associate Professor of Learning, Design, & Technology in the School of Education, Drexel University, USA
"The research-based ideas presented in this book can empower faculty and instructional designers to develop new and varied opportunities for collaboration and interaction in online courses. The specific recommendations provide practical solutions for overcoming common barriers to student engagement in the online environment. The authors deliver examples of online course activities that will inspire seasoned online instructors to experiment with different approaches and will motivate new instructors who may be hesitant to begin teaching online."
--Dr. Melissa Rizzuto, Director of Professional Development and Training, Florida SouthWestern State College, USA
"Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners is a must-read for faculty and instructional designers who wish to improve the design and delivery of their online courses. The authors provide essential guidance on how to build and evaluate instructor presence and experiential and peer learning in online courses. I highly recommend this book for all who are interested in creating more engaged and meaningful learning experiences for online students."
--Dr. Frederick Loomis, Associate Professor of Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University, USA
"Best Practices in Engaging Online Learners …provides an efficient summary of various mainline innovations in pedagogy research. For this reason, it would be valuable for an instructor new to teaching, or one looking to start making progress towards learning-centered instruction. "
--Ryan Korstange, Reflective Teaching
Chapter 1: Engagement Beyond the Discussion Board
Chapter 2: Experiential Learning (Cooperative Education, Internships, Practicums, Service-learning, and Study Abroad)
Chapter 3: Project and Scenario-based Learning
Chapter 4: Gamification and Social Media
Chapter 5: Building Social Presence through Participatory and Peer-Learning Opportunities
Chapter 6: Assessment of Active and Experiential Learning
Online education continues to explode as a diverse group of higher education institutions and non-profit and governmental entities adopt both fully online and blended learning. As a result there has likewise been tremendous growth in the need for special preparation and training for instructors in the methods and approaches to teaching online – moving beyond the emphasis on software training that once comprised a large portion of online teaching training. Many instructors seek introductory, yet comprehensive professional development books that coincide with the next stages in their online teaching careers. While they are interested in principles and tips that are grounded in evidence-based research, they do not necessarily want to wade through research in order to formulate the applications that constitute best practices.
Enter Routledge’s Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning series, which provides in-depth coverage of focused areas or issues educators might confront in the ever-changing environment of online teaching and learning. Based on the solid experience of expert practitioners and communicated in a jargon-free, popular style, titles in this series will address the most current issues and trends in online teaching and learning. Each title is designed to be rich in examples drawn from experienced, real-life online instructors, exemplifying a best practices approach and lending themselves to easy application by the reader.
The Best Practices concept provides a unifying element in the series and offers more in-depth coverage than existing series. By covering both depth and breadth of content books in the series is introductory enough to be of interest and readily apprehended by those relatively new to online education but still rigorous and example-based to appeal to those seeking further professional development and knowledge in this area.